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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Scenery Disk 1 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Scenery Disk 11 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

DOS (1988)

Scenery Disk 12 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Scenery Disk 2 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Scenery Disk 3 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Scenery Disk 4 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

DOS (1985), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Scenery Disk 5 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Scenery Disk 6 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

Scenery Disk 7 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

DOS (1987) and Amiga (1987)

Scenery Disk 9 is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, UFO, Jet, Thunderchopper,...

Scenery Disk "Western European Tour" Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1987)

Scenery Disk "Western European Tour" is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC Flight Simulator II, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 and 2.x....

Windows (1998)

Scenery Pack for Microsoft Simulator: Great Britain Part 2 for Windows '95 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98....

Scenery Spain 3: Canary Islands Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Scenery Spain 3: Canary Islands is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 . The developer's web site contains...

Scenery Spain: Balearic Islands Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Scenery Spain 1: Balearic Islands is a scenery add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. The...

Macintosh (1991)

Scenery Upgrade I is the first of the series "Scenery Upgrade" for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0 for Macintosh....

Macintosh (1991)

Scenery Upgrade II is the second of the series "Scenery Upgrade" of four releases of upgrades for use with Microsoft...

Macintosh (1991)

Scenery Upgrade III is the third of the series "Scenery Upgrade" of four releases of upgrades for use with Microsoft...

Schiffbruch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Schiffbruch ("Shipwreck") is a freeware survival game where the player controls a desperate castaway trying to subsist on the resources...

Windows (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Schlag den Raab: Das 2. Spiel is the second game in the Schlag den Raab series based on the German...

Windows (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2012)

Schlag den Raab: Das 3. Spiel is the third game based off the German TV show Schlag den Raab (Beat...

Schlag den Raab: Das Spiel Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Schlag den Raab: Das Spiel is the first adaptation for mobile devices of the PC games series based on the...

SchoolMate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Kazuki Himura has recently returned to his homeland, Kimikage Island, and transferred to Himeyuri Academy. He comes from a family...

School Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Want to run your own school? Here is your chance!This game gives you the chance to build and run your...

Sci-Fi Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A pinball simulator with five tables based on Sci-Fi Movies. Includes Predator, Aliens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer tables, as...

The Scottish Open: Virtual Golf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

In the golf simulator you are allowed to win in Scottish Open on Championship Golf Courses, including The Bowery, Kilmarney,...

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